Let’s get serious for a moment. There’s a problem. Something’s not right. Well, don’t just sit there, do something about it!
According to a new study published in Psychological Medicine, approximately 1 in 4 people have a mental health problem, yet in Europe and the US, up to 75 percent of people with mental health disorders do not receive treatment. Why is that? Mental health stigma seems to be the key factor in preventing people from accessing the care they need. Delaying, or avoiding care yields negative outcomes for many disorders such as bipolar disorder, major depression, or anxiety disorders to name a few.
- Treatment stigma – associated with using mental health services or receiving mental health treatment; and
- Internalized stigma – shame, or embarrassment
Other barriers people encounter include fear of disclosing a mental health condition, concerns about confidentiality, wanting to handle the problem on one’s own, and not believing they needed help. Types of people most likely to have stigma about mental health care are young people, men, minorities, and those in the military and health professions.